(1760–1824)Revolutionary War officer, born in Elizabethtown (now Elizabeth), New Jersey. Dayton saw action at Brandywine and Germantown (1777), at Monmouth (1778), and at the siege of Yorktown (1781). On the 1779 expedition against the Iroquois in New York, he served as aide-de-camp to Gen. John Sullivan. After leaving the army in 1783, Dayton served several terms in the New Jersey state legislature, as well as in both the U.S. House (1791–99), including two terms as speaker, and Senate (1799–1805). Dayton was not yet sixteen when he was commissioned in the Continental army; during the war he served in two New Jersey regiments, both of which were commanded by his father.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.